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Watermelon...

And its amazing benefits

Watermelon

Here's a few quick facts about our favourite summer fruit:

  1. They’re 92 per cent water, making them a perfect refresher for those long, hot summer months.
  2. Watermelons usually have red flesh, but some watermelons have white, yellow, orange or even green flesh.
  3. We think of watermelon as a fruit because of its sweet flavour, but watermelon is actually a vegetable. It belongs to the cucurbit family, and is related to pumpkins, cucumbers and squash.
  4. While we tend to focus on the melon’s succulent flesh, watermelon rinds are also edible - as well as full of nutrients, with surprising health benefits.
  5. The heaviest watermelon to date was grown by Guinness World Record holder Chris Kent, of Sevierville, Tennessee, in 2013. A Carolina Cross, it weighed in at 350.5 pounds. To give you some perspective, that’s the equivalent of an NFL lineman.
  6. Watermelons are a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that’s been shown to reduce the risk of several types of cancers, including prostate, lung, and stomach.
  7. Those white “seeds” that you find in your watermelon are actually empty seed coats and are perfectly safe to eat.